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How to make a Wooden Katana from hardwood flooring // Woodworking


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I was inspired to make a wooden katana using left-over hardwood flooring!
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I have always been intrigued by martial arts and after watching Iron Fist on Netflix I had the idea of making my own practice katana. I had a lot of scrap hardwood flooring from our home renovations, so I found some really beautiful pieces and got to work.
Most of the sword is made from left over cumaru teak flooring that I recently used in our house. It has a really beautiful grain pattern and some elegant figuring, plus it's extremely dense and hard. I had just finished watching Alec Steele's series on making a Damascus steel katana, so I had a rough idea on how the whole thing went together.

First, I drew out the rough shape of the blade based on some online dimensions. I cut out this shape on the bandsaw making sure to leave a tang on the bottom that would fit inside the hilt. I rough sanded the blade to give the sword some definition and moved on to the tsuba, or hand guard.

I found another smaller piece of teak flooring for the tsuba. I used some calipers to measure the tang dimensions and transferred those lines to the blank tsuba. I drilled out this space and had to chisel and file the pocket very carefully so that the blade tang would sit snuggly into it. After I had a good fit,  I cut the tsuba into an oval using a paper template.

After researching how katana hilts are wrapped in cotton or silk strips, I decided to recreate that look with an inlayed contrasting wood. I had a piece of scrap oak flooring from my boys' room which would look awesome against the teak hilt. While I worked on other projects, I had my friend Josh CNC out the hilt design and the resulting diamond pattern looked just like a traditional fabric wrap. I hogged out the inside of the hilt to receive the tang and once I got a snug fit, it was time to assemble the major components.

The tsuba fit onto the tang and the tang fit into the hilt. I added a kashira or pommel to the end of the hilt and it was all done. I finished the katana with some linseed oil and beeswax polish and it looks gorgeous! I am so happy to have my own sword and I feel like a true samurai!

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Sehr geil!

2 hours ago

you should have chopped something

5 hours ago

When you don't know how to wrap a katana,you just make it out of wood.So like for that.

7 hours ago

Yes I could easily get the materials to make the Katana but getting the tools is a whole different story..

9 hours ago

it's called a bokken and you have NO IDEA how to make one

10 hours ago

You’re just reiterating what I said at the very beginning of the video.

7 hours ago

Ручка короткая и слишком толстая.

11 hours ago

thank you for make katana. you are so genius!

11 hours ago

Amazing 💯

13 hours ago

Make a gunblade from ff8

15 hours ago

HEY IM BOBBY AND I LIKE TO MAKE STUFF

16 hours ago

love the name

16 hours ago

is it sharp

16 hours ago

That so awesome! Thank for exciting video bro. Can u make a iron Odachi sword? I really like this sword, big Katana.

18 hours ago

Now I Can Finnaly Show My Awesome Skills. Lol

19 hours ago

職人技ですな!めっちゃ欲しいです!!

19 hours ago

I've got a lot of flooring just sitting collecting dust.

20 hours ago

U're Lucky man

20 hours ago

Good, now i can be Gintoki Sakata

21 hours ago

As per usual when you make something involving Japanese culture the weeaboos come out to criticise everything you do in a cringeworthy way.

This is why you have 1k dislikes.

22 hours ago

0/10 not enough clamps used

22 hours ago

Rio from Shaman King

1 day ago

how many splinters did you get when you made this?

1 day ago

I just sit and watch the whole thing

1 day ago

guys.. i think we founs bob the builder

1 day ago

Can I buy this from you?

1 day ago

gift me one katana free,,please

1 day ago

cool

1 day ago

can you make a sward from steel like michaelcthulhu

1 day ago

cool vid. not gonna watch the geeks vid cause its 5m longer. Thanks! Keep up the good work! hits Subscribe

1 day ago

Good job😉

1 day ago

I love you I like

1 day ago

transcendent looking sword Bob it looks astonishing

1 day ago

良い出来ですね。

1 day ago

GG

1 day ago

사고싶을만큼 잘만든다.....

1 day ago

You know you need to stop internet when it takes mental and physical effort to keep your eyes open on a daily basis

1 day ago

I'm going to make one out of metal, I hope I don't get caught! 😂

1 day ago

どうせならさやまで作れば良かった

1 day ago

The best

1 day ago

WATASHI NO SŪPASŪTSU!

1 day ago

you are great engineer !
excellent!!!

1 day ago

WOW

1 day ago

"I'm not going to be using any of the official names" became fascinated and researched a lil'bit, eh? hahahahaha Awesome work, man! Just for reference, or for curiosity, the names for wooden japanese sword are Boken or Bokuto, bamboo swords are called Shinai. For the steel ones, they are usually called katana, that's the general name for sharp long objects, but each sword has its own name. The long one is called Tachi, smaller one is called Kodachi or Nodachi, and the small one is called a Tanto.
I would love too see more projects like this =)
Keep up the awesome work!

2 days ago

😭👲🏼👲🏼😭👲🏼😞🤡😭😨😧😱

2 days ago

Can I have this Katana, plials?

2 days ago

NINJA MADE IN USA

2 days ago

There is a genius who use left hand like me

2 days ago

That's awesome sword 👍

2 days ago

Wow, nice !

2 days ago

Good

2 days ago
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